Stephen Murdoch

Stephen Murdoch is a New Zealand cricketer who plays for Wellington Firebirds.

Murdoch first shined with his commanding match winning 225 not out off just 157 balls to help the Powerade Wellington U23s to an exhilarating 50-over win over their Auckland annual counterparts at the inaugural National U23 tournament at Lincoln.

Chasing 356 for victory, he batted beautifully to guide us to a hugely satisfying 3-wicket win with 5 balls to spare. Starting off slowly he then exploded and his innings eventually included 156 runs in boundaries. He cleared the boundary rope to hit the winning runs off the first ball of the last over.

The double century for Murdoch came hot on the heels of his scores of 79 and 156 against Otago in the three-day tournament opener earlier in the week. In four innings he scored 498 runs, using this tournament as a springboard to forcing his way into the Wellington Firebirds for the remainder of the season.

For the Firebirds, he went on to play six Plunket Shield matches and scored 532 runs with a highest score of 141 and top scored with 57 in his two domestic One-Day competition matches. He was selected as one of three promising players in the 2011 New Zealand cricket Almanack.

Murdoch scored a century against the Central Stags in the opening Plunket Shield match of the 2011-12 season and reached 1,000 first-class runs whilst batting for Wellington at home at the Hawkins Basin Reserve agaisnt the Otago Volts at the end of November.